“Spitting Teeth” reviewed in Glam Adelaide

Click here to check out Tracey Korsten’s review of the latest Paroxysm Press book, Spitting Teeth in Glam Adelaide.

“Four local poets who have carved their names into legend on the microphone, now take to the page in this new anthology... A quirky and thought-provoking collection of locally written poetry...

Each of these poets has important things to say: about being female, being queer, being non-Anglo-Celtic, being ill, and most importantly, being human. Each of them writes with passion, technical skill and originality...

This is a great volume to help you discover some of the fantastic contemporary poets living within our fine city.

WE’RE BACK! Spoke N Slurred at Broadcast Bar…

aka Fuck COVID!!!

Sunday, July 26, 2020
5:30 PM – 9 PM

Broadcast Bar
66A Grote Street, Adelaide


Rest in Peace Brick City Bar, we’ll miss you. Long live Broadcast Bar!

The most munted spoken word event around is out the other side of the COVID-19 crap and firing up again in this ‘open mic only’ celebration party gig (guest performers will return from August on).

Open mic
Book raffle
$6 beer
$5 bourbons and vodkas
And FREE copies of the Paroxysm Press book American Blow Job to be given away if and when you are asked to do something weird or dodgy or perhaps just picked at random.

Click here for the Facebook event.

Two big Spoke N Slurred developments during COVID-19

We are sorry to say that the current home of Spoke N Slurred, Brick City Bar has closed its doors for good. Goodbye with love you true legends of rock n roll and the spoken word scene. Respect to you forever.

There will be news on a new home soon.

However throughout the ‘isolation’ period people have been keeping us entertained and in touch via our new Facebook group, Spoke N Slurred ‘In Lockdown’. Not only has it been a lot of fun but it gives access to the event for people from different geographical locations. Plus it keeps a bit of an ongoing record of material performed. It is something we plan to continue even after the live event reopens so please jump onboard.

Spoke ‘n Slurred Unfringed

Spoke ‘n Slurred has Unfringed with the Broadcast Bar to bring you four Big Thursday nights of the usual Spoke ‘n Slurred madness during the Fringe / festival period.

Broadcast Bar
66A Grote Street, Adelaide

Every Thursday Feb 20 – March 12
from 7:00pm.

{Feb 20th / 27th / March 5 / 12}

There will be features, there will be raffles, there will be your chance to mount the mic & join us in giving the world the middle finger.

Free Entry. Cheap Drinks. Cheaper M.C.

Note: our regular spokenslurred will return to brick city bar in march.

Click here for the Facebook event.

Caroline Reid at Spoke N Slurred

Sunday 26th January 2020
5:30pm – 9:30pm

Brick City Bar
73 Grenfell St, Adelaide

In 2019 in her second appearance at the national finals of the Australian Poetry Slam Caroline Reid made it through to the final five. Come see her in all her glory at the first Spoke N Slurred for the year.

Free entry / Spoken Word open mic / Book raffle

Chelsea Avard at Spoke N Slurred

Sunday 24th November 2019
5:30pm – 9:30pm

Brick City Bar
73 Grenfell Street, Adelaide

You’ve heard her on the mic, you’ve seen her through your half closed eyes at the bar, now witness her SnS debut…

Chelsea Avard is a writer from Adelaide. She is co-editor of the short fiction and poetry anthology The Body. She holds a PhD from The University of Adelaide, where she currently works as a program coordinator. Her short fiction and poetry has been included in a range of works including the Sleepers Almanac, anthologies by Wakefield Press, University of Philippines Press and Midnight Sun, and online publications Verity La and Red Fez. Her poem, ‘How We Stay’, won the 2017 Verandah Literary Award.

Free Entry
Spoken word open mic
Book raffle

Click here for the Facebook event.

Paroxysm Press launches “Spitting Teeth”

Four brilliant authors in one amazing book: Paroxysm Press launches SPITTING TEETH.

Friday, November 8th, 2019.
UniBar, University of Adelaide.

Click here for the Facebook event.

ISBN 9781876502249
$19.00 Aus. ($15 at the launch); $13.00 USD; 10.00 GBP; 12.00 EUR.
Available retail from 9/11/2019.
Adelaide stores include Dymocks Rundle Mall, Dymocks Glenelg, Imprints Booksellers, Clarity Records and Streetlight.
Online will include Barnes and Noble, Book Depository and Amazon.

Ashlee Karlar

Ashlee Karlar is a spoken word poet, writer and social worker. A former competitor in the Australian poetry slam, a previous poet in residence and a regular feature performer at open mics across Adelaide, Ashlee’s poetry is a cocktail of satirical social commentary and self love odes. A tequila enthusiast, she is also known for her borderline obsessive love of cats.

Alison Paradoxx

Alison Paradoxx is a Producer, Performance Poet, Event Host, Peace Foundation Award Winner, Disability Advocate, and State Poetry Slam Champion. She has performed everywhere from The Sydney Opera House, to The Crown and Anchor.

Her first solo production, Floral Peroxide, sold out its 2019 Adelaide Fringe season, won an award, and received a grant to show interstate. She is still getting her head around that one. Alison is currently learning to play the musical saw. She also creates electronic sound art with her partner, 5000AD, and twelve of her vertebrae are made of titanium. Her hair is bigger than yours. She loves you for buying this book. Go make friends with her on Instagram @alison.paradoxx, Facebook or Web: www.alisonparadoxx.com

Chiara Gabrielli

Chiara Gabrielli is a queer artist living and working on Wurundjeri land. She has her fingers in many pies working as an actor, writer, theatre-maker and poet. Her mum is most proud of her work performing in the Ruby Award winning South Australian State Theatre Company’s production ‘Gorgon’, representing South Australia at the Sydney Opera House in the 2017 Australian National Poetry Slam, and being selected as the Adelaide City Library Poet in Residence. To be in the know on all her small gigs that make up an arts career, and also for just some gelati content, follow her on instagram at chiara.witha.ch or on facebook artist page.


Nico is a finger guns poet who kicks arse, self doubts, loves a beer and isn’t afraid to tell you when you’re acting like an arsehole. Won a shit ton of money in a huge slam but is just too good to be fucked anymore.

Paroxysm Press at A Day of Clarity 2019

Paroxysm Press poets ripped up the Exeter Hotel upstairs during breaks between the punk band action at the 2019 Day of Clarity, 10th August, 2019.

Check out the killer performances by Nico, Caroline Reid, Kami, Nadia Patterson, Kerryn Tredrea and Daydream Fever.